Exploring Innovation Stations at Bruyère Research Day

June 07, 2018

By: Elizabeth Sampson, Communications Consultant, Bruyère Continuing Care

On May 24, 2018, Bruyère Continuing Care held its annual Life Changing Day which raised over $494,000 in the Ottawa community to support care, research and education at Bruyère. As part of the day's events, research investigators and teams from the Bruyère Research Institute showcased their areas of research using snapshot presentations, posters, and research innovation stations. Visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the Institute's cutting-edge research in primary, memory, palliative, and rehabilitation care, global health, best evidence, and health system evaluation. Several of the innovation stations attracted particular interest.

Motiview is a video and music library coupled with a mobile cycle trainer. This technology provides a virtual bicycle trip through familiar surroundings and memories. It reduces the effort and discomfort associated with cycling for older adults while enhancing participation and overall experience. Motiview is adaptable to each user and helps increase activity and motivation to exercise year round.

Virtual Reality uses computer hardware and software to track an individual's movements allowing them to interact with therapeutic games and activities on a television screen. This technology is currently used by patients with stroke and mild cognitive impairment as a post-stroke treatment in hospital settings and in patient homes.

Night-time wandering is a common and worrisome habit for persons with dementia. It can put them at risk of injury, or even death, if they leave the home and can also cause sleep disruptions for caregivers. Smart Home Wandering Detection and Diversion technology uses motion, contact and bed sensors to detect a sleeper's movements and when they get out of bed. With movement, a night light turns on, a voice message encourages them to return to bed, or an alert is sent to the caregiver. This technology records data to determine night-time wandering and provides a sense of security for the caregiver and alerts them only if the person attempts to leave the home.

For more information on research underway at the Bruyère Research Institute, contact Eric Dicaire, BRI Communications Coordinator at edicaire@bruyere.org.  

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